BUCKHANNON – A Salem woman has been arrested for allegedly planning to deliver a controlled substance.
Taylor Bumgardner, 24, of Salem, W.Va. was arrested for possession with intent to deliver fentanyl and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.
According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Sgt. Marshall O’Connor with the Buckhannon Police Department, on March 8, 2022, Sgt. Hissam conducted a traffic stop on a red Chevrolet Impala bearing an expired West Virginia registration on Route 20 northbound, in the parking lot of NAPA Auto Parts.
Hissam contacted the driver and owner of the vehicle, who was identified as Bumgardner, with her boyfriend sitting in the passenger seat. While issuing a citation, Sgt. Courtney responded to perform a free air sniff of the outside of the vehicle with K9 Erros, according to the complaint.
“K9 Erros did give a final indication of the presence of the odors of the controlled substances that he is trained on,” O’Connor wrote in the report. “A search of the vehicle yielded approximately 45 wax paper folds known to contain a mixture of heroin and fentanyl. The seized drugs were sent to the [West Virginia State Police] Forensic Lab and ultimately determined to be a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.”
Further investigation revealed that approximately 12 of the wax paper folds were intended to be delivered, the complaint states.
Bail was set at $25,000 cash only by Upshur Count Magistrate Alan Suder.
The potential penalty for possession with intent to deliver fentanyl is confinement in a state correctional facility for not less than one year nor more than 15 years, a fine of not more than $25,000, or both. The potential penalty for conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance is confinement in a state correctional facility for a determinate sentence of not less than two nor more than 10 years.